SEATTLE- Some 21,000 kids ride the school bus in the Seattle Public School district each day during the school year, and the number on goal is to get them to and from school safely.
For the largest school district in the state, teaching the kids how to be safe is key.
“The bus is an extension of the classroom,” says
Bus drivers and teachers go over the rules every year, just as a reminder.
“We have a 3-point approach, two feet on the floor and one hand on the railing so they are not jumping off the bus, and the same way getting on the bus.”
In Seattle, all 381 buses are equipped with cameras and they also have a safety program called The Check Mate Program; it forces driver to check and double-check the bus after the last stop, to make sure no kids are left behind. School officials also to remind drivers to be patient with the school bus drivers and the kids, give them space and please slow down.
Also, drivers need to be aware of all the kids walking to school. To learn more about the walking routes in the district, click here.